Cheer Up, My Comrades!

From “Cheer Up, My Comrades!” by Charles Spurgeon

Now, I want to encourage you first by reminding you that the law of the Son of David is the same as the law of David himself and you know the law of David about those that went to the battle. There were some that were lame and some that were otherwise incapable of action and he left them with the baggage. “There,” he said, “you are very weary and ill—stay in the camp—take care of the tents and the ammunition while we go and fight.”

Now, it happened once on a time that the men that went to fight claimed all the spoil. They said, “These people have done nothing. They have been lying in the trenches—they shall not carry off a share of the booty.” But King David then and there made a law that they should share and share equally—those that were in the trenches and those that engaged in the fray. “As his part is that goes down to the battle, so shall his part be that tarries by the stuff—they shall share alike. And it was so from that day forward, that he made it a statute and an ordinance for Israel (1 Samuel 30:24).”

Nor is the law of the Son of David less gracious. If by sickness you are detained at home—if for any other reason, such as age or infirmity, you are not able to enter into actual service—yet if you are a true soldier and would fight if you could and your heart is in it, you shall share even with the best and bravest of those who, clad in the panoply of God, encounter and grapple with the adversary.

Oh, what a comfort!  Knowing that God values me even though I am not able to physically go into the world to grapple with the enemy is such a relief that I simply have to share how loved I feel. His love is not dependent on what I am able to do; rather, it is completely due to His graciousness.

As a result, I desire even more to do what I can for Him.  And, get this… I get to grapple with the enemy even though I don’t leave my house much!  David’s soldiers who were unable to battle with the rest of the troops still had work to do defending the camp.  Similarly, I have a tidal wave of opportunities to fight off the enemy when he attempts to attack via tv commercials, new reports of social conflict, kids who come home with ideas that have been presented to them at college, and… my own thoughts.

It is a full time job to take every thought captive to the Word of God, testing it and replacing false thoughts with the truth.  Thankfully, I have the Holy Spirit living in me to catch my attention and remind me of the truth (John 14:26).  I am frequently reminded of my weakness, my need to have Him strengthen me, and of His gracious power to save a room for me in heaven, simply because I am one of His.

And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.  Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.

2 Cor 12:9-11

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